The Wrath of God

by Scarlett Stough

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Delivered From the Wrath to Come.

Note: The King James Version has been used for this commentary and for the corresponding Bible Study Guide.

How can it be that the God who is love (1 John 4:8) also is "willing to shew his wrath" (Romans 9:22; John 3:36)?

God who "so loved the world" (John 3:16), is also the same God whose wrath remains on those who refuse to believe the Son of God. The Son of God who has shown us the love of God is also the rider on the white horse of Revelation 19 (KJV) who is the one who "treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (v. 15, 16)."

Men who believe there actually is a God continue to debate over whether or not God is a God of wrath or a God of love. Preachers passionately either declare a permissive loving God or a terrifying vengeful God. God is both. The Scriptures declare him to be capable of a love so great that God the Son came to live among us and to give his body and blood to give us the chance to live and not suffer the death penalty we have all earned; while he is also capable of executing that death penalty on those who refuse to accept the terms of pardon.

The Holy Scriptures reveal God as both merciful and just. His greatness includes compassion to forgive those willing to return to him and wrath to execute judgment against those who continue to do evil that causes us all misery.

Both mercy and justice are part of the love of God. He shows mercy to the oppressed, but he will also execute vengeance on the oppressor. Sinners who return to God accepting his love, mercy and righteous way of living will be accepted with great joy; but sinners who spurn God’s love will receive what they have chosen—death (Revelation 21:8).

God has given us a choice between life and death. Only God has the power to grant eternal life; the life he gives is worth living. He is worthy of our love. Fear God. Love God. Walk with God by faith, relying on his love and power. He is to be both feared and loved. He loves and executes justice. Mercy and justice combine perfectly in the God who is love.

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